“The worst person in the world”
Director Joachim Trier recounts a sequence from his film with Renate Reinsve.
my name is joachim trier and i am the co-writer and director of the worst person in the world in this scene we see the main character of the movie julie played by renato ryan smith and she is with a little older boyfriend, absolute and she is very curious to romantically explore this other relationship with a guy named Ivan. So what we experience in the scene is what would happen if she could freeze time and run away from her current relationship and try to have a moment to herself with the other guy. I didn’t want the sequence to be this kind of perfect CGI stuff. I wanted to have a human side. I wanted to feel more like an old school musical or something. So what we did was we asked people around Oslo to stand still while Julie ran ahead of them and ran along the streets and different places we had chosen. So most of the people you see are extras that got hired and they were kind of convinced that you know can you stand up like you’re almost running or can you stand still like this or that you know, so, so they all had an idea on set and we loved the prep days and I had a wonderful team of people helping me put together the choreography, more like this set choreography of the sequence. But what a beautiful thing that happened towards the end of the sequence where she’s running down the street and you know, we just followed her and suddenly realized people joined in. People looked out their windows and realized what we were doing out of their apartments or something. And a few people had been running down the street and freezing in new positions just to add to the second or third take. So it became a kind of almost party feeling. And be careful, you know, we did it after the first wave of Covid. So I think there was an added joy for both the film crew and the people who were part of coming together in such large crowds. Again, there are actually some really great days on set to do that. Mm hm.